Mostly discussed for its regulation of the language of instruction in schools, the new law offers more overlooked important innovations intended to change the quality and the content of education in Ukraine
The new law on the reintegration of the occupied parts of the Donbas qualifies them as such and names Russia as the occupier. Yet, it does not launch the process of deoccupation or change the mechanism envisaged in the Minsk Agreement
Legislation and bills on the state language: current status and expectations
The blockade of the occupied parts of the Donbas is a consequence of the irresponsible actions of the top leadership in Ukraine and their imitation war against Russia. The legal side of this confrontation could have a decisive impact
|23 February, 2015|
The Ukrainian Week discussed the situation with the new electoral legislative framework with Oleksandr Chernenko, the long-standing head of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine and Member of Parliament with the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko.
|23 February, 2015||Politics|
Hopes for stamping out corruption, reforming law enforcement bodies and transforming the country in accordance with the European values are futile, unless major flaws in the Ukrainian electoral law are eradicated
|26 January, 2015||Politics|
Mykola Velychkovych: "We have partly broken down the Interior Ministry system, but we still need to change the structure"
The Ukrainian Week spoke to former Deputy Interior Minister about the reform of the law enforcement, the prospects of Georgian know-how in Ukraine, and the future of volunteer battalions
|28 June, 2014|
“With the current crisis, it is seen in Berlin as key for German foreign policy not to act on its own, but in conjunction with others”
The Ukrainian Week speaks to Susan Stewart from the Berlin-based SWP research center about the reasons for Germany’s ambivalence in the current Ukrainian crisis, Poland’s role as the geopolitical player in the region, and Euro-Atlantic relations
|20 May, 2014||Politics|
If Ukraine’s top officials are unable to adequately assess the fatal outcome of their efforts in compromise seeking with Russia for Ukraine, they have no right to head the country. If they do realize the danger of the linguistic concession they are about to make, they should be treated as actors in the Russian cultural and language expansion in Ukraine who intentionally undermine its constitutional order and national statehood
|1 February, 2014||Politics|
The authorities’ “concessions” did not address any of the original causes of the mass protests, leaving the confrontation at a standstill
|26 January, 2014||Politics|
The Ukrainian Week talks to Viktor Musiyaka, one of the authors of the Constitution of Ukraine and a professor at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, about the current events. Far from giving a comforting opinion, the professor offers specific guidelines for overcoming the deep political crisis.
|16 January, 2014||News|
Media Law Institute: The government ruins the remaining fragments of democracy and imposes a tough authoritarian regime
Passed by the Party of Regions’ and Communist Party MPs in a hand vote, amendments to the Law on the Judiciary and the Status of Judges and procedural laws on additional measures for citizen protection and security may ultimately crush human rights in Ukraine, the Media Law Institute says in a statement
|20 November, 2013||History|
Ukraine’s economic relations were originally European. So were its social lifestyle and institutions
|17 October, 2013||Society|
College students in Odesa campaign against Ukrainophobia in local high schools
|24 July, 2013|
Signed in 1215 in England, Magna Carta had been a cornerstone of laws that had given ordinary citizens rights that the state could not violate throughout the centuries. Today, the concept of human rights has become increasingly controversial in Britain
|19 July, 2013||News|
The new anti-corruption law recently passed by the legislature turns 470,000 civil servants into obedient performers of the Yanukovych regime’s will
|10 July, 2013||News|
Ukraine drags behind by all Rule of Law Index criteria presented at the World Justice Forum in The Hague, The Ukrainian Week’s journalist Natalia Humeniuk reports
|1 May, 2013|
Democracy and the rule of law in post-Soviet Ukraine
|8 February, 2013|
Ukraine has turned into a veritable testing ground for various means to maintain power
|13 September, 2012|
In the minds of Ukraine’s leadership and entire political class sits a deep conviction that eastern and southern Ukraine does not understand or accept Ukrainian and that the language irks and outrages everyone there, meaning it is better to not even speak it in those regions.
|31 August, 2012||Politics|
Recent developments signal that the Kolesnichenko-Kivalov language law is aimed at the renewed Russification of all Ukrainians regardless of their ethnic backgrounds
|30 August, 2012||Culture|
Dagmar Ostrzhanska: “People need something to identify themselves with. What should it be? Language of course!”
Dagmar Ostrzhanska, director of the Czech Centre in Kyiv tells The Ukrainian Week of Czech-Ukrainian cultural relations, the Ukrainian art underground and the language inactivity of our compatriots.
|28 August, 2012||Politics|
On Solving the Language Issue
|23 August, 2012|
Over the past twenty years, everyone has begun to get used to thinking that they could all be identical citizens of this country. That peaceful co-existence of different languages was possible. We have waited a long time for the civilized times to come. Now, the difference once again has a chance to grow visible.
|3 August, 2012||Politics|
After signing the language bill Mr. Lytvyn will now turn into a politician who is completely under the control of the government which will drop him at the first opportunity.
|25 July, 2012||Politics|
A guide to eliminating corruption and establishing the rule of law with a limited set of resources at hand
|23 July, 2012|
Contemporary Ukrainians reject the imperial civilisation that is identified by the Russian language
|21 July, 2012||Politics|
The position of the Verkhovna Rada’s Speaker on the language law, regardless of his motivation, will determine his political future and his place in Ukrainian history
|20 July, 2012||Politics|
During the protests in front of Ukrainian House the government has once more used the scenario of the soft, yet consistent narrowing of citizens’ rights to protest. The criminal cases are a perfect tool for pinpoint strikes against the most proactive protest participants.
|6 June, 2012||Politics|
The Robert Schuman Foundation is one of the few European think tanks that systematically pays attention to Ukraine’s affairs. Its president, Jean-Dominique Giuliani, has personally come to Ukraine on a number of occasions. In his interview for The Ukrainian Week he looks at how Kyiv has failed to meet the standards of a rule-of-law state and offers his view on the persecution of former members of the government in the country.
|22 May, 2012|
How is it possible that Ukrainian laws and culture allow people to abuse animals and destroy the image of the nation?
|16 May, 2011||Politics|
The draft law on elections published for the purpose of discussion reveals the ruling party’s strategy for the 2012 parliamentary election
|7 April, 2011||Politics|
Neither owners nor tenants can rest assured their land in Ukraine is safe
|7 April, 2011||Politics|
Local elections in Russia are an example of controlled elections for the Ukrainian government
|5 April, 2011||Politics|
Government officials are restricting demand for land, scaring off foreign investors and preparing to grab any patch
|12 March, 2011||Politics|
A "minor" violation of the Constitution grows into a scandal with criminal undertones